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Photoshop CS5 New Features Overview
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Photoshop CS5 workspace improvements


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Photoshop CS5 New Features Overview

with Rufus Deuchler

Video: Photoshop CS5 workspace improvements

There have been quite a few improvements in the Photoshop CS5 user interface. The first thing I want to point out, is that, we now have a live workspace switcher, right up here, above the control panel. And what this allows me to do, is to very quickly jump from one workspace to the others, simply by clicking on these buttons. If you don't see them all, you can drag to resize the panel, and see them all up here. So basically what this allows me to do is to quickly jump to my photography workspace, where I have the histogram and the adjustments panel for example, the 3D workspace, and that would be in Photoshop's CS5 Extended for all the work on 3D objects and elements. The motion work space which allows me to very quickly animate elements inside of my Photoshop documents and a new NCS5 work space which shows me more or less what is new inside of this new version.

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Photoshop CS5 New Features Overview
1h 36m Intermediate Oct 04, 2010

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There are so many new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5 that you can easily get overwhelmed. In this course, Rufus Deuchler is at your disposal. Want to learn about the new Workspace Switcher? Mini Bridge? Content-Aware Fill, Puppet Warp, Bristle Brushes? Rufus's productivity-focused, no-nonsense approach will help you quickly learn what you need to know to get the most out of the new and enhanced features in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Topics include:
  • Photoshop CS5 workspace improvements
  • Content-Aware Fill
  • Complex selections
  • Bristle Brushes and the new Mixer Brush
  • Adobe Camera Raw 6
  • CS Review online commenting
  • Adobe Repoussé
  • Working with 3D
Subjects:
Design Photography video2brain
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Rufus Deuchler

Photoshop CS5 workspace improvements

There have been quite a few improvements in the Photoshop CS5 user interface. The first thing I want to point out, is that, we now have a live workspace switcher, right up here, above the control panel. And what this allows me to do, is to very quickly jump from one workspace to the others, simply by clicking on these buttons. If you don't see them all, you can drag to resize the panel, and see them all up here. So basically what this allows me to do is to quickly jump to my photography workspace, where I have the histogram and the adjustments panel for example, the 3D workspace, and that would be in Photoshop's CS5 Extended for all the work on 3D objects and elements. The motion work space which allows me to very quickly animate elements inside of my Photoshop documents and a new NCS5 work space which shows me more or less what is new inside of this new version.

Let's go back to essentials. And show you another very cool feature of Photoshop CS5, which is Minibridge. Minibridge, when you click on it, opens within Photoshop. It's a little bit like the file browser back in the earlier versions of Photoshop and then it's gone, and now it's back as the Minibridge. And basically what this is, is the power of bridge directly inside of Photoshop. So you don't have to jump from one application to the other to find your files. The minibridge can be dragged out of here of course.

And also, and this is very interesting, docked below the workspace. And if you choose your viewing mode from thumbnails to filmstrip, we can now make the minibridge very small down here and actually navigate our files from this position. Okay? And of course, what I can also do in minibridge is select an image. Let's select this one for example. And go into full screen preview simply by pressing the spacebar.

Ahead of time by opening the image in Photoshop I can check its quality. I can click on the image inside of that preview mode and see it at 100% resolution to check the quality of the image. This is a very good quality image. And to go out of it, I press the escape key and I return to mini-bridge. To put mini-bridge back to where it was, there are several ways. I can either drag it back to where it was or I can also use my new workspace switcher up here and if I control click on it, I can reset essentials. And that puts minibridge, right back to where it was. What I can do, also from here, is, open the files, of course. So, lets open this file, double click, and that file is now open inside of Photoshop.

Interestingly, from minibridge, I can also add files to that open file. So by selecting it, I could go here under the tools for the Photoshop mini-bridge. And say place inside of that Photoshop document. And if I do that, basically what it does, it opens the file and pastes it on the open Photoshop document. which saves me a lot of time because it avoids me having to open the file, copy it, and paste it on the other document.

So I'm going to escape out of this and move back into the Mini Bridge. Mini Bridge also allows me to navigate back and forth into the views that I've performed during my navigation here. I can very quickly also go to my parent directories. This the file that I'm using right now and I can go back, all the way back to my computer. Can browse my recent folders, and other folders that are inside of the favorites. I can also go back to my home page, and the home page allows me to go back to browsing the files or changing the settings to mini bridge.

When does mini bridge launch? When bridge launches, okay? Start bridge automatically and resume browsing if bridge is not running. Display the home page and do not start bridge until browse files is clicked. When minute bridge opens bridge, use an existing window. So we can do all of these things from within the many bridge options. Let's go back to the settings. I can also change the appearance, the user interface. Brightness of the mini bridge. I can make lighter or darker. I can also choose the color of the image backdrop, if I like my images on a darker backdrop I can do that here and then I can go back to browsing my images. And these are the changes that I made.

Then I also have a shortcut to bridge. So if I select an image and click the shortcut to bridge, that same exact image will open inside of bridge and, this is very funny here, they make a little boomerang icon which allows me to return directly to Photoshop. So let's click that and return to Photoshop. I can also use this menu here, to choose what I want to see inside of inside of minibridge the path bar, which indicates where the files are located, the navigation pod, which is this one, and also, a little preview pod that can be added to minibridge. Although, I don't find it very useful because all of our previews are actually down here.

It could be very interesting if maybe I change my view of mini-bridge from thumbnails to only a list. So, I would have the small images here, and maybe a bigger image inside of the preview pod. But let's go back to my thumbnail list here, and turn off the preview pod, and see what else we can do. I can search in Minibridge. i can find the files. And if I click on the little magnifying lens here, I will be able to search in the current folder to do a spotlight search on the computer, and also to do a bridge search inside of the current folder.

And also, I can go to the bridge advanced search, and if I click on this, Bridge will open, and open the advanced feature inside of Bridge CS5. So let's cancel out of that, and boomerang back to Photoshop. And see what else we can do. I can go into review mode with all of these images. So lets select a few and go into review mode, just like in bridge and browse my images as if they were in a virtual circle and I can press the escape key to get out of this.

I can choose the size of my thumbnails. And all of these things really make it so much easier to find the files inside of Photoshop, directly there without having to jump over to bridge. But let's look at bridge a second. There's a couple of cool things there too. One of these things is that under tools I can select a few images inside of bridge and then batch rename them. This whole window is actually new. And what I can do here, I can batch rename a whole bunch of files, adding text, date and time, a sequence number, and either rename them in the same folder, move them to another folder, or even copy them to another folder.

So, I keep my originals. Interesting is this part here, that I can preserve the original file name and the xmp metadata. So I can rename all my files, but the current file name will be kept inside of the xmp metadata, allowing me to track that data back if I ever need to. And then we also have a little preview down here, which actually shows me how the new file name would look. In this case, we've added the word project, a bunch of numbers, and a progressive number.

And I can also preview what the batch rename process will do, lets preview it for a second, and it will show me exactly what it will do. It will take this image and rename it with this other name. And then I can also export all that information to comma separated value text. and open it in Excel or reuse it for whatever reason I may have to. So let's say okay to this and cancel out of it. Another interesting feature is found inside of the output module, inside of bridge.

We all know from Photoshop CS4 that we can create contact sheets directly in bridge without even having to open Photoshop to do that, or in design. And the way we do that, we choose PDF as the output mode. And then we can choose of course the document size, the layout, the overlays, the header, the footer, text information, the playback, and very interestingly, added in Bridge CS5 is the possibility to now add a watermark to our images.

So I can choose where to place that water mark, in the foreground or in the background. Whether to place it on each image or not, and in this case what I would like to do is insert some text on top of all of the images. And I can also choose the point size, the color, and the font of course. Let's move down a little bit more. I could also insert an image. Maybe my company logo. And, I would define the path of where the image actually is, I would tell Bridge CS5 where the image actually is.

I can then scale that image. And then, I can also choose for both text and images, the opacity, and the horizontal and vertical offset of that text, or logo, that I'm actually using as a water mark. And I can even rotate the text or the logo on top of the images. So let's rotate it slightly, let's put it up to 45 degrees for example. And refresh the preview with these images selected and once I do that, Bridge will go through these images, take them all and put them inside of a PDF and as you can notice, all of my images have now, a watermark over it, making it much more difficult for people to actually reuse them, for purposes that I may not agree with.

So what we've seen here and let's go back to Photoshop is that there have been a lot of improvements in the user interface, with mini-bridge and bridge itself. So this is it for the work space in general. Some of you may have noticed that the little icons here in the tool bar have changed. They have been re-designed, made more modern. So enjoy them as well.

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